Audi S5: First Drive Review
- Oct 1, 2017
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Audi launched the A5 ‘Brat Pack’ in India back in October 2017, but it didn’t include the brattiest of the lot - the RS 5 Coupe. The second generation RS 5 is finally here, more than a year after it was first showcased to the world at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2017. Launched at a whopping price of Rs 1.1 crore (ex-showroom India), the RS 5 Coupe goes up against the likes of the Mercedes-AMG C63 S and the BMW M4.
The 2.9-litre, V6, bi-turbo monster in sheep’s clothing develops 450PS of maximum power and 600Nm of torque. The Audi RS 5 Coupe, though, is about more than just being a powerful engine hiding underneath a usable 4-seater coupe body. That said, there is no denying the fact that the engine is a highlight. The new V6 bi-turbo motor replaces the naturally aspirated V8 engine on the older car, developing 6PS less but a whopping 170Nm more torque.
Combined with an 8-speed tiptronic automatic transmission and Audi’s signature quattro rear-biased AWD system, the RS 5 Coupe can achieve the 0-100kmph run in just 3.9 seconds and go on to hit a top speed of 250kmph. Audi also claims an impressive fuel efficiency figure of 10.8kmpl.
The RS 5 Coupe can drift around corners if you want it to. While it does have an AWD system, it has a rear power bias and three-stage traction control system. An electronic rear locking differential also helps the RS 5 be a hooligan’s dream.
“2018 is the Year of Audi Progression and in line with this, we are renewing our performance car portfolio in India and have lined up more surprises in store for our performance car enthusiasts in the coming days. The all new Audi RS 5 Coupé is a unique product as it bridges the gap for the customers who are practical and want to own a luxury car with the performance of a sportscar,” said Rahil Ansari, Head, Audi India.
On the outside, the RS 5 Coupe follows the same design as the rest of the A5 family, but with the new RS design philosophy. This includes elements like the 15mm wider wheel arches, additional air inlets on the front grille, wider and flatter grille, all-LED ‘Matrix’ headlamps, ‘quattro blisters’ on the front fenders, 19-inch 10-spoke star-design forged aluminium wheels and LED taillamps with dynamic indicators. An optional matte aluminium and carbon exterior package is also available for the RS 5.
The interior of the RS 5 Coupe is also similar to the A5/S5, but with unique RS-specific elements. Highlights include a three-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel, Alcantara upholstery on the dashboard and doors with aluminium/anthracite (gray) inlays, electrically adjustable front seats with massage function wrapped in Alcantara leather or the optional Nappa leather with diamond stitching and embossed RS logo, ambient lighting and illuminated door sills.
The MMI infotainment system with Audi Smartphone Interface for Apple and Android connectivity, 755-watt 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround sound system and the Audi Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster with special RS-specific screens (tyre pressure, torque, g-force meter and shift lights) complete the coolness of the RS 5 Coupe’s cabin.
The RS 5 Coupe has also grown in size, overall - 74mm in length, 15mm in wheelbase, 1mm in width - but weighs 60kg lesser than the older car, thanks to the use of newer materials. Audi also claims an increase in interior roominess - 26mm more front shoulder room and 23mm more rear legroom.Recommended Variant : RS5 Coupe
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